Life After Weight Loss Surgery
The first year after weight loss surgery is a year of significant change. It is a new beginning to your new you. Some people who have weight loss surgery expect that all aspects of their lives will improve once they lose weight. They believe that personal or work relationships will be better and all of their problems will be solved. Unfortunately, weight loss surgery is not a magic bullet and for all of life’s difficulties, but it is a great tool to help you start your weight loss journey.
It is important to know that aspects of your life may change as you lose weight. Some changes you may experience include:
- learning to eat differently
- changes in your social outings or family events
- learning new coping skills for stress, boredom, and anxiety
- adapting your old life into your new lifestyle
- relationship changes
- a change in appetite
As you journey through the first year and beyond, it is important to consider some of the changes you may experience or have already experienced and where to go from there. Challenges may arise where you need some additional support from professionals.
As you approach your many new “firsts” after weight loss surgery, our experts are here for you. From the first sip of water after surgery, to your first 50 pounds, to your first bike ride, we are here to celebrate your successes with you and to help you work through any challenges you may face.
Surround yourself with support.
At St. Mark’s Hospital we believe that having a support system around you is important to your long term success. Our experts are available to meet with you individually to help you successfully make healthier lifestyle habits along with the help of your surgery. We can also help answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Your journey doesn’t end at the operating table. We have you in mind and want you to continue to succeed in this lifestyle change. Connect with both your surgeon’s and the Weight Treatment Center online to support you along the way.
Attend your support groups, keep your follow up appointments with your surgeon, and meet with a dietitian that specializes in bariatric to give you advice as you transition into each new phase of life and your diet.